What Happened in February 1742

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Historical Events

  • Feb 1 Sardinia and Austria sign alliance
  • Feb 2 British Walpole government resigns

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 9 Sir Robert Walpole, often referred to as the first British Prime Minister, enobled as 1st Earl of Orford

1st British Prime Minister Robert Walpole
1st British Prime Minister
Robert Walpole

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Feb 16 Spencer Compton becomes Prime Minister of Great Britain (First Lord of the Treasury)

British Prime Minister Spencer Compton
British Prime Minister
Spencer Compton

Famous Deaths

  • Feb 22 Charles Rivington, English publisher (b. 1688)
  • Feb 28 Willem J 's-Gravesande, Dutch physicist, dies at 53